My Christmas tree is still up

My Christmas tree is still up. I know — It is the first day of the new year and, and it’s time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life.

My Christmas tree is still up. I know -- It is the first day of the new year and, and it's time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life. However, Christmas isn't over until after January 6th, when we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. The 12 Days of Christmas is the title of a...However, Christmas isn’t over until after January 6th, when we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.

The 12 Days of Christmas is the title of a song we know. Still, it refers to the period between Christmas Day, when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, to Epiphany, when they mark his manifestation ? “incarnation,” in some Christian traditions.

In some places, the day is known as “Three Kings Day” after the wise men, or Magi, who, the Bible says, brought the infant gifts and proclaimed him the Son of God. The revelation is called Epiphany or the unveiling or finding God in the flesh (the baby Jesus in the manger).

The three Kings were from three different countries, India, Persia, and Babylon. They were magicians, referred to as the Biblical Magi, and astrologers who provided advice into the mysteries of life. They were consuls to the kings, not kings themselves.

They studied the stars and connected the dots to the ancient writings that would direct them to a king. Then, when the star appeared, they recognized it and followed it.

Their journey brought them to Herod the Great, King of Judea. But he was not the King they were looking for, so they continued in faith until they found the baby Jesus.

The gifts they brought to commemorate the King of the Jews were; gold, as to a king; myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and incense, as to a God.

The Magi are a perfect example of knowing what you know, believing what you believe, and doing what you need to do.

The first whole week of January usually means business as usual. For some, it’s a significant relief. But for others, it’s like coming down from the high after the “most wonderful time of the year” (and the inevitable return to work) can bring on a bout of the post-holiday blues.

It is not unusual to have a bit of a slump or depression that can hit hard after a period of intense emotion and stress. Post-holiday blues share many of the same characteristic symptoms of an anxiety or mood disorder: insomnia, low energy, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and anxiousness.

We feel down because we fill our schedules with social events during December, only to have virtually nothing in January. In addition, spending time with family can leave us with mixed feelings, and holidays tend to bring up memories of those no longer with us or those with whom we no longer have a relationship.

Our Christmas was so busy that I had very few quiet days to feel the presence of Christ in my Christmas. Of course, I loved every moment of the holidays (except for the driving), but I was glad when the busyness ended.

This week I have let my heart be quiet and reflected on the sweet memories of being with our families. I’ve thanked God for the safe travels and for the strangers we encountered and fellowshipped with along the way.

One of the fascinating aspects of the wise men’s story is searching diligently for Jesus. It was not easy for them to locate Him. They were looking for royalty. But he was not at the royal palace. However, they did not give up until they found the baby Jesus in a Manger.

When the Magi learned they might find Jesus in Bethlehem after traveling so long, they could have simply gathered all the critical information for Herod and determined the facts to make their reports when they returned home.

Instead, when they found Jesus, the gospel tells us that they worshiped Him. They had a dream that warned them not to return home the same way so they would not encounter Herod and tell him where the baby Jesus was. They listened and obeyed.

When we realize we have missed our time with God, we can stop and make time to worship him. And when we do that, he will show us that he was with us all along by reminding us of the love we shared, the kindness of strangers, and the true joy we felt and gave to others.

So, if you feel like you need more time to enjoy the holidays, don’t worry. The hustle and bustle are over, the money has been spent on gifts, and now, relax.

Read the Christmas stories all over again. Start from the birth of Jesus to the unveiling of God in the flesh (the baby Jesus in the manger) with The Three Kings.

My dear friend in Georgia leaves her Christmas tree up all year long. She turned her small office into a Christmas room with a tree decorated with beautiful lights and ornaments. She fills her office with books, Christmas art pieces, and music that she can walk into anytime she wants to feel the magic of Christmas.

“It makes me feel good, she told me. And it reminds me that I can keep the spirit of love and faith in my heart all year long.”





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  1. I love to read your perspective and insight. I was happy to hear Christmas music on the radio in our area through New Years Day. Usually by now my tree is down. But circumstances have gotten in the way this year. Crossing my fingers I can start taking it down tomorrow.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Meegan, for reading and commenting. I actually played a little Christmas instrumental this morning, but plan to take my decorations down today. I hate to see them go. It seemed to have gone by so fast. Happy New Year. I hope you have a blessed year filled with love, joy and peace.Deana

  2. So many true things in this story. I agree with "Let's promote what we know instead of bashing what we hate." this would stop so much conflict. As for stores celebrating Christmas, we already have Christmas carols in our store beginning of November so it all balances out in the end. lol

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Anita, for your comments. I hope you have a wonderful year filled with love, joy, and peace. Deana

  3. Such a wonderful post. We did take our Christmas Tree down but we keep the spirit alive in our hearts all year round. Happy New Year

    • Deana Landers -

      Brook that is all that matters. I hope you have a wonderful year to come filled with love, joy and peace.Deana

  4. It always varies when I take my tree down. This year was earlier than normal but I also decorated in early November! I love the fresh start January provides! Thanks for encouraging us!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Marty. The grandchildren are coming to halp me take ours down this weekend. I hope you have a wonderful new year filled with love, joy and peace.Deana

  5. Maria -

    I just took mine down! I actually don't understand why people take it down so fast lol, but to each its own! I love the holidays makes me happy! Happy new 'year!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Maria. Hope you have a blessed year filled with love and peace.Deana

  6. I agree, we should and can celebrate the beautiful message of Christmas every day and any day. Wishing you, and your family a beautiful and love-filled 2021. May the special magic of Christmas surround you always

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle, I pray your year will be filled with love, joy, and peace, my friend.Deana

  7. My tree is still up too. We refer to what you are speaking of as little Christmas. I will tree comes down after January 6th. I like to have it up a few extra days because it does bring such joy.

    • Deana Landers -

      Mine will be up even longer this year, Doreen, because one our children and their family won't be here till this next weekend. Thank you for reading and commenting.Deana

  8. Becky Meacham -

    Love it, good encouraging read, historical truths we should ponder daily!❤

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Becky, for leaving a comment:). The comments help a lot.Love ya,Deana

  9. I am so excited to read this today. I needed this chat to refocus on what is important today. Thank you.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Deborah. I appreciate your comments. Please share this story if you feel it may help someone else.Deana

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